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Big Girls Don't Cry by [Tracey, Joanne]
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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Does goodbye have to be forever?
Brad and Abby were always meant to be together. Best friends in childhood, they fell immediately in love when they found each other again many years later. Yet when Brad proposes, Abby says no. She is distraught when, soon after, Brad leaves Melbourne- and her.
Something is holding Abby back from being with Brad, and it has to do with what happened to her father nearly twenty-five years ago. If Abby is ever going to find her way back to Brad, she’ll have to find answers to secrets that have been kept for many years- and the lies that have been told to protect them.
Funny and poignant, Big Girls Don’t Cry is a story about families, and it’s a story about how dealing with yesterday can help you find love in tomorrow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01807ZK9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Abby and Brad have been together for over three years when Brad half-heartedly proposes. It's not that he doesn't mean it or doesn't love Abby, but the fact it comes as an after-thought which causes Abby to refuse his offer.

We soon learn that Abby's had a difficult upbringing. Her beloved father died when she was eight and her mother moved on soon after, creating her perfect family with more kids and a politician husband. Abby’s never fully recovered from her father’s disappearance from her life and remains cynical about love.

Brad knows Abby's history and understands her antipathy towards marriage and commitment, but he's tired of her prioritising work and frustrated (on her behalf) that the oft-promised partnership never seems to eventuate.

Their break-up is just the first in a series of life-changing events for Abby as she discovers secrets about her parents' relationship and attempts to understand how and why her father died. On top of this a potential new romantic interest causes havoc in her workplace and threatens the career she's worked hard to build.

Tracey's created a very real and complex character in Abby and I adored her. She could be me. Or someone I was friends with.... needless to say, I found her really relatable.

I guess this book would be classified as chick lit, but it offers far more than your usual romance as there's an underlying theme of relationships and the impact our past can have on our future.

Tracey's writing is really comfortable and I love the voice she's used. It's one which is relatable and engaging and I very easily read this book in a sitting.

And there were tears. I sobbed hysterically in one particular scene (ahem) *may* have cried during many of the final chapters as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The thinking woman's chick lit 13 December 2015
By Deborah Cook (@ Debbish dot com) - Published on Amazon.com
Abby and Brad have been together for over three years when Brad half-heartedly proposes. It's not that he doesn't mean it or doesn't love Abby, but the fact it comes as an after-thought which causes Abby to refuse his offer.

We soon learn that Abby's had a difficult upbringing. Her beloved father died when she was eight and her mother moved on soon after, creating her perfect family with more kids and a politician husband. Abby’s never fully recovered from her father’s disappearance from her life and remains cynical about love.

Brad knows Abby's history and understands her antipathy towards marriage and commitment, but he's tired of her prioritising work and frustrated (on her behalf) that the oft-promised partnership never seems to eventuate.

Their break-up is just the first in a series of life-changing events for Abby as she discovers secrets about her parents' relationship and attempts to understand how and why her father died. On top of this a potential new romantic interest causes havoc in her workplace and threatens the career she's worked hard to build.

Tracey's created a very real and complex character in Abby and I adored her. She could be me. Or someone I was friends with.... needless to say, I found her really relatable.

I guess this book would be classified as chick lit, but it offers far more than your usual romance as there's an underlying theme of relationships and the impact our past can have on our future.

Tracey's writing is really comfortable and I love the voice she's used. It's one which is relatable and engaging and I very easily read this book in a sitting.

And there were tears. I sobbed hysterically in one particular scene (ahem) *may* have cried during many of the final chapters as well.

But it wasn't until after I finished I realised what I really liked about this book (in addition to the characters) was the time and focus Tracey allocates to Abby's professional life and her workplace.

Work and work environments are such a big part of the lives of many women I know and Tracey's acknowledgement of this - her attention to professional challenges and office politics and the impact it has on our lives - takes this novel to a level that many others don't venture.

I very much enjoyed this book and think it avoids the usual clichés of romantic fiction and is less about 'falling in love' and more about 'moving forward'. #sorryfortheapostrophes

Read the full review in my blog: http://www.debbish.com/books-literature/big-girls-dont-cry-by-joanne-tracey/
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. 4 February 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. Abby, the main character, is a very strongly written character, who I fell in love with from the first page. Feisty but flawed (aren't we all!), and more than a little marriage-phobic. Which is an issue when boyfriend Brad gives one of the most pathetic proposals I've heard of - I would have said no too! Let's just say I could completely relate to Abby.

Verdict: If you're a fan of Cathy Kelly, Jill Mansell or Erica James (three of my favourites), you will really enjoy Big Girls Don't Cry. It's chick-lit but very relationship focused.

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